Visionarch: Blueprints for 2050
By the middle of this century, the Philippines will be among the world’s top 20 economies. This according to a bold forecast by a panel of experts, including HSBC, the IMF, the World Bank, and PWC Price Waterhouse Cooper. This report first came out in an HSBC report, The World in 2050, published in January 2012. Since then other panels such as the International Monetary Fund (IMF), World Bank (WB), Asian Development Bank (ADB) have come out with projections supporting HSBC’s study.
Inspired by this outlook, Bluprint Magazine invited the country’s top architects, planners, and designers to conceive and envision how the urban landscape would change by 2050. The best and most inspiring ideas will be published in a special-edition book, Blueprints for 2050.
Housing and Mixed Use Development
With Visionarch’s extensive experience in community, township and mixed-use developments, we were invited to share our vision for how life will change in 2050. The challenge was to re-imagine and reinvent new cities incorporating future technologies, sustainability, energy supply & wellness. As well as how advancement in communication & transportation will change how we will live then.
Bigkis: Interwined Holistic Living
The resulting concept is what we called BIGKIS or Bonded. In the Filipino sense, bigkis is the interlocking of strands or things (more commonly, arms) in order to make something stronger.
Tying together to form a bond
The complex is the interlocking element that shelters and strengthens the people’s quality of life. It unites all the basic needs of man and most importantly, other aspects of living relating to cultural and social development. Included among these is an emphasis on creating a symbiotic relationship between spaces, people and their environment. This kind of community model would bring back a sense of commonality often unseen in today’s modern and busy world and would provide self-sustaining communities for the future residents of the Philippines.
“If public spaces are designed more experiential and green, people would love to just walk around or take a bike ride. Future communities are envisioned with less individual car- driven designs and more of pedestrian- oriented spaces, integrated with more efficient mass transit systems.”
All the different zones and spaces are interconnected by bridges and walkways on ground and upper levels of the structure.
Landscapes and parks intertwine with the entire complex encouraging the users to walk and cycle around the area. This gives the users the freedom to conveniently access different zones.
“An advanced city is not a place where the poor move about in cars, rather it’s where even the rich use public transportation.”
Also, integrated into the upper walkways and greenspaces is a community monorail loop that traverses the whole 30 hectare complex with designated stops at differing zones. In line with an integrated monorail system in the development, it is envisioned that present transportation systems within the country will be improved and more interconnected giving way to the potential of subways as connecting transit lines of the MRT, the LRT and the PNR. Thus, the design of subway terminals and ground level transportation hubs would further enhance the accessibility and connectivity of the site. With improved and more efficient public transportation systems, private vehicles would be less prevalent. We foresee a common parking depot for future self driving cars, this will greatly minimize roads since you wont need roads leading up to your home, you can access the car depot through the monorail system, if in case you need to drive to far off places. This would then provide more available space for more enriching facilities.
“Perhaps the most important thing to give future generations are what we used to have back then – green spaces to play on, fields to cultivate and a healthy environment to live and grow in.”
Another shift in paradigm in future communities is a blending of the Rural and the Urban way of living. With our current advancements in communication technology, even far off places can be activated as business districts relieving pressure on highly urban areas to congregate building clusters. This allows for more open spaces, which will be used to grow crops and balance community needs and provide short-term food security in times of extreme calamity.
A large, open, public space was incorporated at the center so as to encourage the people to convene and gather at these said spaces. Through our design, health and social development would be improved by integrating pedestrian and bicycle lanes, fitness and recreation areas, etc. thus increasing chance encounters among the neighbors. Bound by rivers, a stream is integrated into the site adding life and vitality to the overall design and user experience. A major portion of this open space has been dedicated for an agricultural and hydrocultural zone incorporating urban and suburban farming, fishing and other food production concepts to promote a self-sustaining community and a healthy lifestyle. The complex is envisioned as an ecosystem reminiscent of a rural setting but blends with the vigor of an urban lifestyle.
With regards to other sustainability features, passive cooling and cross ventilation were taken into consideration in designing and planning this complex. Daylight control is optimized with the use of dynamic facade system. A waste management and recycling center would be located on site to manage the wastes and maintain the sanitation of the site. Renewable energy would also be harvested through photovoltaic façade and roofing systems, integrated wind turbines or turbine kites, and kinetic systems onto the pedestrian pathways.
Indeed, the future presents a continuum of possibilities, and endless possibilities means surfacing of new technologies. With this goes the simple understanding that living is still bound to basic human needs. Architecture may not be the main axis that changes lives but in many ways it can influence new paradigms in living, different environs, and all other daily life changing factors.
*Visionarch’s design was recognized and awarded by MADE 2016 Design Competition. Moreover, a feature of Bigkis: Intertwined Holistic Living can also be seen in the Blueprints for 2050 book out in bookstores nationwide.
Author: Visionary Architecture Inc. – VISIONARCH
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